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27 May 2020
  • 15:08

    Moderately higher inflation in response to bigger debt levels – UBS

    FXStreet reports that according to economists at UBS, the world will emerge from COVID with considerably higher levels of debt while will be left structurally less global by the crisis, spurring on the de-globalization trend.

    “We expect government debt as a percentage of GDP to be about 15-25 percentage points higher at the end of 2021 than it was at the end of 2019.” 

    “Interest rates have little room to go lower, which limits the potential for high-quality bonds to provide significant positive returns in the event of an equity market downturn.”

    “Central banks may be prepared to tolerate a rate of inflation somewhat above the 2% target rate for a year or two. Inflation between 2% and 5%, if not for too long, would likely not add to inflation uncertainty risk, and could help modestly reduce debt burdens.” 

    “Governments are likely to view more goods as being strategically important, and so encourage more domestic production. Meanwhile, companies have become more aware of the operational risks posed by long global supply chains. Bringing production closer to the end market is likely to become a more common response.”

  • 14:40

    A particular opportunity in Chinese stocks – UBS

    FXStreet reports that economists at UBS forecast a U-shaped recovery and expect Chinese equities to outperform developed markets.

    “In our central scenario, we see the second quarter marking the lowest point in economic activity, and we expect a subdued U-shaped economic recovery from the third quarter onwards, as a second wave could lead to recurring restrictions. Renewed outbreaks mean that intermittent suppression measures, including partial lockdowns, are likely, and we project economic activity to only normalize sustainably in December.” 

    “US-China tensions may heat up as the US election nears, but we believe the economic recovery remains far more important for investment sentiment.” 

    “Further upside for equity markets as a whole would likely require additional fiscal or monetary stimulus, greater clarity about exit strategies, or a medical breakthrough.” 

    “We expect Chinese equities to lead the recovery, outperforming developed market ex-US stocks, as China is likely already in the advanced stages of the virus outbreak cycle.”

  • 14:29
  • 14:04

    EUR/USD: A convincing recovery plan is positive for the euro – Nordea

    FXStreet reports that according to Nordea, the EUR750 billion recovery fund proposal presented by the Commission would illustrate a strong commitment to keep the Euro-area and the EU together and support EUR assets.

    “The European Commission proposed today a EUR750 billion package to support the recovery from the corona crisis, of which EUR500 billion would take the form of grants and EUR250 billion in loans.”

    “Today’s proposal, if implemented, should decrease the risks regarding the future of the Euro-area. It is clearly beneficial for Italian bonds, but is negative for German bonds both via a higher credit risk component and via an improved economic outlook.” 

    “Given the number of open questions and the difficult negotiations ahead, there will most likely be market volatility ahead, as the market reassesses the prospects of a compromise.”

    “Assuming an eventual compromise is found, without watering down today’s elements too much, it should support the euro and EUR assets in general in the medium-term.”

  • 13:59

    U.S.: Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index, May -27

  • 13:46

    White House COVID-19 taskforce member Dr. Fauci: Second wave of COVID-19 could happen, but it is "not inevitable" - CNN

    • U.S. does not need to accept that second wave is inevitable or reopening will result in outbreaks
    • Reopening should be done "gradually" without "leapfrogging" over health recommendations
    • There is "good chance" that vaccine would be able to deployable by end of the year
    • Political parties should "reserve judgement" when having conventions
    • Certain areas of the country are seeing nice decrease in cases

  • 13:39

    New York Fed president Williams: We have really been focused on credit availability and where it will continue to be

    • We're seeing some signs of pickup
    • We're seeing signs of increased travel and spending
    • Tourism will take longer
    • We will be watching data on restarting very closely
    • We need fiscal policy that can provide income to individuals
    • The virus is driving this, that's what we will be following
    • I expect inflation to remain low over the next year or so

  • 13:34

    U.S. Stocks open: Dow +1.25%, Nasdaq +0.18%, S&P +0.90%

  • 13:28

    Before the bell: S&P futures +1.16%, NASDAQ futures +0.23%

    U.S. stock-index futures rose on Wednesday, as hopes that easing of coronavirus lockdowns would revive economy outweighed concerns over growing tensions between the U.S. and China


    Global Stocks:

    Index/commodity

    Last

    Today's Change, points

    Today's Change, %

    Nikkei

    21,419.23

    +148.06

    +0.70%

    Hang Seng

    23,301.36

    -83.30

    -0.36%

    Shanghai

    2,836.80

    -9.74

    -0.34%

    S&P/ASX

    5,775.00

    -5.00

    -0.09%

    FTSE

    6,155.84

    +88.08

    +1.45%

    CAC

    4,701.13

    +94.89

    +2.06%

    DAX

    11,723.34

    +218.69

    +1.90%

    Crude oil

    $33.88


    -1.37%

    Gold

    $1,691.70


    -0.81%

  • 12:59

    EUR/USD: Above key resistance at 1.1019 would mark an important base – Credit Suisse

    FXStreet reports that strategists at Credit Suisse apprise that EUR/USD strength has extended to retest important resistance from its early May high and 200-day average at 1.1009/19, which is being tested and would mark a base.

    “Only a close above 1.1019 would see this achieved to mark a more significant base and important turn higher, with resistance next at 1.1065, then 1.1145/66 – the late March high and 61.8% retracement of the March collapse – which we would expect to cap at first.”

    “The 13-day average and price support at 1.0915/10 needs to hold to keep the immediate risk higher in the range. A break can see a fall back to 1.0870/64, but this needing to be removed for a fresh test of the uptrend, today at 1.0815.”

  • 12:58

    Target price changes before the market open

    Apple (AAPL) target raised to $340 from $320 at BofA/Merrill

  • 12:50

    Wall Street. Stocks before the bell

    (company / ticker / price / change ($/%) / volume)

    3M Co

    MMM

    153.7

    1.62(1.07%)

    7047

    ALCOA INC.

    AA

    9.1

    0.34(3.88%)

    37167

    ALTRIA GROUP INC.

    MO

    38.8

    0.52(1.36%)

    14762

    Amazon.com Inc., NASDAQ

    AMZN

    2,416.50

    -5.36(-0.22%)

    36316

    American Express Co

    AXP

    98.5

    4.18(4.43%)

    43128

    AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP

    AIG

    32.5

    1.49(4.80%)

    24640

    Apple Inc.

    AAPL

    317.69

    0.96(0.30%)

    203573

    AT&T Inc

    T

    31.5

    0.68(2.21%)

    197932

    Boeing Co

    BA

    149.45

    4.72(3.26%)

    490541

    Caterpillar Inc

    CAT

    119.35

    1.94(1.65%)

    5719

    Chevron Corp

    CVX

    94.95

    1.65(1.77%)

    29753

    Cisco Systems Inc

    CSCO

    45.3

    0.46(1.03%)

    34261

    Citigroup Inc., NYSE

    C

    51.14

    2.97(6.17%)

    442562

    Deere & Company, NYSE

    DE

    151

    2.97(2.01%)

    751

    E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co

    DD

    51.25

    0.88(1.75%)

    1959

    Exxon Mobil Corp

    XOM

    46.6

    0.69(1.50%)

    86877

    Facebook, Inc.

    FB

    230.45

    -1.75(-0.75%)

    202396

    FedEx Corporation, NYSE

    FDX

    127.7

    2.89(2.32%)

    11649

    Ford Motor Co.

    F

    6.05

    0.21(3.60%)

    1021537

    Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., NYSE

    FCX

    9.39

    0.13(1.40%)

    40686

    General Electric Co

    GE

    7.24

    0.44(6.47%)

    2326022

    General Motors Company, NYSE

    GM

    28.44

    1.04(3.80%)

    60818

    Goldman Sachs

    GS

    203.82

    7.76(3.96%)

    37253

    Google Inc.

    GOOG

    1,423.67

    6.65(0.47%)

    4827

    Hewlett-Packard Co.

    HPQ

    17.4

    0.34(1.99%)

    22872

    Home Depot Inc

    HD

    244.47

    1.99(0.82%)

    9635

    HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.

    HON

    147

    2.06(1.42%)

    2211

    Intel Corp

    INTC

    63

    0.66(1.06%)

    60388

    International Business Machines Co...

    IBM

    123.32

    1.56(1.28%)

    8474

    International Paper Company

    IP

    34.96

    0.63(1.84%)

    5549

    Johnson & Johnson

    JNJ

    145.15

    0.59(0.41%)

    15673

    JPMorgan Chase and Co

    JPM

    100.6

    4.78(4.99%)

    535207

    McDonald's Corp

    MCD

    189

    4.16(2.25%)

    10302

    Merck & Co Inc

    MRK

    77.61

    0.35(0.45%)

    36777

    Microsoft Corp

    MSFT

    181.86

    0.29(0.16%)

    177520

    Nike

    NKE

    98.2

    1.58(1.64%)

    7203

    Pfizer Inc

    PFE

    37.42

    -0.07(-0.17%)

    41426

    Procter & Gamble Co

    PG

    113

    0.97(0.87%)

    6632

    Starbucks Corporation, NASDAQ

    SBUX

    78.98

    1.22(1.57%)

    22670

    Tesla Motors, Inc., NASDAQ

    TSLA

    815.45

    -3.42(-0.42%)

    125045

    The Coca-Cola Co

    KO

    47.05

    0.96(2.08%)

    100096

    Travelers Companies Inc

    TRV

    106.35

    2.99(2.89%)

    912

    Twitter, Inc., NYSE

    TWTR

    33.43

    -0.58(-1.71%)

    312575

    UnitedHealth Group Inc

    UNH

    298.5

    3.61(1.22%)

    4755

    Verizon Communications Inc

    VZ

    54.88

    0.58(1.08%)

    19255

    Visa

    V

    195.09

    1.87(0.97%)

    20154

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc

    WMT

    123.53

    -0.33(-0.27%)

    60349

    Walt Disney Co

    DIS

    124.07

    3.12(2.58%)

    100706

    Yandex N.V., NASDAQ

    YNDX

    41.06

    0.63(1.56%)

    16570

  • 12:47

    Initiations before the market open

    Microsoft (MSFT) initiated with a Buy at Summit Insights; target $220

  • 12:44

    Canada’s building permits plunge 17.1 percent in April

    Statistics Canada announced on Wednesday that the value of building permits issued by the Canadian municipalities tumbled 17.1 percent m-o-m in April, following a revised 13.4 percent m-o-m decline in March (originally a plunge of 13.2 percent m-o-m). The April decrease was the largest since October 2008.

    According to the report, the value of residential permits plummeted 14.2 percent m-o-m in April, as single-family permits fell by a record 35.9 percent m-o-m, while permits for multi-family dwellings rose by 4.8 percent m-o-m.

    At the same time, the value of non-residential building permits dropped 21.9 percent m-o-m in April, due to declines in industrial (-34.7 percent m-o-m), commercial (-21.57 percent m-o-m) and institutional (-10.5 percent m-o-m) permits.

    In y-o-y terms, building permits tumbled 37.0 percent in April.

  • 12:23

    USD/CAD: Short-term bias turned to the downside – Credit Suisse

    FXStreet reports that the Credit Suisse analyst team apprise that USD/CAD broke below 1.3856/3793 to suggest a more important move lower, with the support seen initially at 1.3734 being currently tested.

    “We turn our near-term bias to the downside and see support initially at 1.3734. Removal of here would see a move back to 2019 high at 1.3665, just ahead of the 61.8% retracement of the 2020 surge at 1.3609/08, where we would expect an initial attempt to floor the market.” 

    “Resistance moves initially to 1.3805, then 1.3965, ahead of 1.4048, which needs to cap to keep the downside bias intact. Removal of here though would see a move back to the downtrend from late March at 1.4114/19.”

  • 12:14

    European Commission President von der Leyen: EU is facing a choice of each country either going it alone or responding together

    • Dealing with effects of COVID-19 pandemic is "Europe's moment"
    • Boldest measures are safest for future of EU

  • 12:12

    UK PM's spokesman: No change to government position; Brexit transition period will end on December 31

  • 11:56

    European session review: EUR strengthens supported by European Commission's recovery fund proposal

    TimeCountryEventPeriodPrevious valueForecastActual
    07:30EurozoneECB President Lagarde Speaks    
    08:00SwitzerlandCredit Suisse ZEW Survey (Expectations)May12.7 31.3


    EUR rose against most other major currencies in the European session on Wednesday supported by reports that European Commission (EC) proposed a EUR1.1 trillion budget for 2021-27 that would come together with EUR750 billion recovery fund (incl. EUR500 billion in grants and EUR250 billion in loans) to help the member states' economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The budget could include revenues from ETS trading scheme, carbon levy on imports and corporate tax and may include funding from a digital tax.

    The size of the EC's proposal is bigger than the proposal, which was made by France and Germany last week for a EUR500-billion recovery fund.

    At the moment, the EC's president Von Der Leyen is unveiling recovery proposal in EU Parliament.

  • 11:27
  • 11:25
  • 11:16

    SNB's chairman Jordan: Negative rates and interventions are particularly important at the moment

    • We do not expect a rapid recovery
    • Making forecasts at this moment is very difficult
    • It is crucial lockdown restrictions are reduced whenever possible
    • We have a slightly deflationary environment
    • Must ensure that monetary conditions remain accommodative
    • SNB willing to intervene in currency markets more strongly

  • 11:08

    U.S. weekly mortgage applications increase 2.7 percent

    The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported on Wednesday the mortgage application volume in the U.S. increased 0.3 percent in the week ended May 22, following a 2.6 percent drop in the previous week.

    According to the report, applications to purchase a home surged 8.6 percent, while refinance applications decreased 0.2 percent.

    Meanwhile, the average fixed 30-year mortgage rate edged up to 3.42 percent from 3.41 percent.

    “The home purchase market continued its path to recovery as various states reopen, leading to more buyers resuming their home search,” noted Joel Kan, an MBA economist. “Additionally, the purchase loan amount has increased steadily in recent weeks and is now at its highest level since mid-March.”

  • 11:03

    AUD/USD: Looking at the 0.6706 resistance to open upside potential – Credit Suisse

    FXStreet reports that analysts at Credit Suisse note that AUD/USD has pushed higher to test of 0.6659/6706, a pivotal resistance area comprising of the 200-day average, the March high, and 78.6% retracement, which is ideally capping. 

    “We look for the 0.6659/6706 area to cap and see weakness taking over again in due course. With this in mind, we see support initially at 0.6610, then 0.6538, ahead of the late May lows and 21-day exponential average at 0.6507/06, where we would expect to see fresh buying at first.” 

    “A closing break above 0.6706 would mark a break of a major barrier and turn the medium-term risks to the upside, with resistance thereafter at 0.6745/50, ahead of the February high at 0.6774. This though is not our base case.”

  • 10:51

    U.S. commerce secretary Ross: The China situation is "very complex"

    • There is a "whole menu" of potential options for Trump on China action
    • Should not prejudge the next move from Trump or China

  • 10:36

    Gold: Bull market to be extended – Deutsche Bank

    FXStreet reports that according to analysts at Deutsche Bank, the momentous scale of monetary and fiscal countermeasures to support the global economic recovery are likely to extend the duration of the gold bull market.

    “The date of policy tightening is pushed out indefinitely, and policymakers will be careful to avoid triggering a second taper tantrum.”

    “The growing consensus that the pandemic will be largely deflationary with weaker consumption outweighing lower productivity, suggests policymakers will not have to choose between supporting growth and controlling inflation. If policymakers indeed face no such difficult choices, then the prominence of central bank support for asset markets reduces the probability of a repeated 'March-madness' sell-off, in the event of subsequent waves of infection depressing growth.” 

    “With prolonged downward pressure on growth, asset purchase programs are more likely to be extended to provide a counterweight to lost income, higher propensity to save, and a weak investment climate into 2021. We believe this also extends gold upside potential.”

  • 10:12

    Italy is to get EUR82 billion in grants under EU proposal - Bloomberg reports, citing an EU official on the matter

    •  Spain to be granted EUR77.3 billion in grants
    • France to be granted EUR39 billion in grants

    Meanwhile, Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the matter, that Italy will also receive EUR91 billion in loans under the proposal and Spain will get EUR63 billion in loans.

    Overall, the European Commission is to propose the EU budget worth EUR1.1 trillion for 2021-27 that will come together with the coronavirus recovery fund that will mobilize EUR500 billion in grants and EUR250 billion in loans to help the member states' economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

  • 09:58

    S&P 500: Fully valued on some measures – UBS

    FXStreet reports that global equities have recovered swiftly from the COVID-19 pandemic with the S&P 500 climbing above 3000 points for the time since late February. The rally has left major equity indexes fully valued on some measures, according to UBS. 

    “The S&P 500 currently trades at 24.2x our estimate of 2020 earnings and 18.9x 2021 earnings, compared to the 20-year average trailing price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 17.9x, and the 20-year average forward P/E of 16x.” 

    “For markets to catch a broad ‘second wind’ investors will need greater confidence that a second wave of virus infections will not lead to renewed lockdowns. In particular, in this scenario we would see ample room for further gains in economically sensitive parts of the market which are lowly valued and have underperformed through the crisis so far.”

  • 09:39

    EUR/CHF: Awaiting EU Recovery Fund details in the 1.05-1.07 range – Credit Suisse

    FXStreet reports that analysts at Credit Suisse see a 1.05-1.07 range in EUR/CHF as the most likely outcome for the time being pending further details on the EU Recovery Fund. 

    “Our confidence in achieving our envisaged target of 1.0250 in EUR/CHF is much diminished. We now see a 1.05-1.07 range as the most likely outcome for the time being pending further details on the EU Recovery Fund.”

    “Should the EU fail to agree to some kind of debt mutualisation or water down the initial French-German proposal significantly, the market will most likely view such a development as euro negative which would bring downside risks in EUR/CHF back into play.”

    “Should an EU agreement surprise on the positive side we would expect such a development to manifest itself in higher interest rates in the Eurozone, as a reflection of higher growth and inflation prospects. Such a scenario could then lead to an upside breakout in EUR/CHF as a consequence.”

  • 09:20

    Stimulus will add to high debt levels but alternative is ‘much worse,’ ECB vice president says

    CNBC reports that the vice president of the European Central Bank (ECB) has backed the unprecedented stimulus packages launched in the region, saying there were no alternatives for lawmakers.

    Governments from euro area countries have passed major stimulus efforts in a bid to soften the impact of the coronavirus crisis and keep people in work. Fiscal deficits are expected to widen, debt piles will climb and the financial repercussions could be felt for generations.

    However, Luis de Guindos, the vice president of the euro zone’s central bank, said the issue of lofty debt levels needs to be put into perceptive.

    “At the end of the pandemic for sure that we will have higher public debt ratio. But the alternative of doing nothing is much worse,” he told CNBC’s Annette Weisbach when asked specifically about Italy.

    “It would be much worse in terms of the crisis. And it would be much worse in terms of the recovery phase,” he added. 

    The ECB vice chief said that concerns over public finances in the medium term will have to be addressed. But for now, he called for “powerful and strong” fiscal responses at both the national and pan-European level.

  • 09:00

    GBP/USD: At 1.38 by year-end in the best scenario – UBS

    FXStreet reports that the US dollar appreciated substantially through the crisis as investors sought the liquidity and safe-haven appeal of the US dollar. Nonetheless, analysts at UBS expect the greenback to depreciate and the best to express this view is the cable.

    “In our upside scenario, in which safe-haven assets and liquidity are less in demand, we expect the US dollar to depreciate.” 

    “Our preferred G10 currency to buy relative to the US dollar is the British pound. The currency remains deeply undervalued considering our estimate of purchasing power parity at 1.53. We target GBP/USD at 1.38 by year-end for our upside scenario, and 1.33 in our central scenario.”

  • 08:40

    Jamie Dimon sees good chance for a rapid U.S. economic recovery

    Bloomberg reports that Jamie Dimon sees “pretty good odds” of a fast economic rebound starting in the third quarter thanks to the U.S. government’s stimulus programs and the strength of the consumer going into the pandemic.

    “You could see a fairly rapid recovery,” the JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief executive officer said Tuesday at a virtual conference hosted by Deutsche Bank AG. “The government has been pretty responsive, large companies have the wherewithal, hopefully we’re keeping the small ones alive.”

    Dimon, who runs the largest U.S. bank, pointed to economists’ forecasts that show unemployment spiking to around 18% this quarter, then falling to 14% in the third quarter and declining to about 10% or 11% by the end of the year.

    In response to the crisis, the Federal Reserve has effectively cut interest rates to zero, pumped trillions of dollars into the economy and announced plans for nine emergency lending programs, including support for small businesses. The jobless rate more than tripled in April to 14.7% as employers cut an unprecedented 20.5 million jobs.

    Dimon said he thinks the Fed did the right thing in acting quickly and with what he referred to as “increasingly strong actions.”

    “This wasn’t the bazooka,” he said. “The Fed took out the whole military and applied it. Just announcing these programs reduced spreads in the market. It’s going to save a lot of small businesses” and it’s “helping people avoid stress.”

    Many states have begun the process of easing restrictions on businesses put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19, and “you’re already seeing the positive effects of the opening-up taking place, at least for the economy,” Dimon said.

  • 08:20

    USD/CNH faces further upside pressure – UOB

    FXStreet reports that FX Strategists at UOB Group expect USD/CNH to edge higher in the near term.

    24-hour view: “USD traded between 7.1355 and 7.1491 yesterday, narrower than our expected sideway-trading range of 7.1280/7.1500. The firm price action upon opening this morning has resulted in an up-tick in momentum. While the bias is tilted to the upside, any advance is expected to face strong resistance at last week’s 7.1645 top. That said, a clear break of the solid resistance could potentially lead to a rush higher. Support is at 7.1430 followed by 7.1350.”

    Next 1-3 weeks: “While USD closed little changed yesterday (7.1491, +0.02%), upward momentum is showing sign of picking up. In other words, the ‘mildly positive’ outlook that we indicated last Friday (22 May, spot at 7.1290) has improved further and from here, the risk of a break of the key resistance at 7.1652 has increased. A breach of this level would signify a break-out and could potentially lead a sharp and rapid rise as the next resistance level of note is not until 7.2000. To look at it another way, the odds for a strong advance in USD has increased and only a break of 7.1100 (no change in ‘strong support’ level for now) would indicate that a break-out is unlikely.”

  • 08:00

    Switzerland: Credit Suisse ZEW Survey (Expectations), May 31.3

  • 07:59

    IEA says the coronavirus crisis has set in motion the largest drop of global energy investment in history

    CNBC reports that the International Energy Agency believes the coronavirus pandemic has paved the way for the largest decline of global energy investment in history, with spending set to plummet in every major sector this year.

    In the group’s annual World Energy Investment report, published on Wednesday, the IEA said that the unparalleled decline in worldwide energy investment had been “staggering in both its scale and swiftness.”

    It warned the economic impact of the public health crisis could have “serious” implications for energy security and clean energy transitions.

    “The historic plunge in global energy investment is deeply troubling for many reasons,” Fatih Birol, executive director at the IEA, said in a statement.

    “It means lost jobs and economic opportunities today, as well as lost energy supply that we might well need tomorrow once the economy recovers,” he continued. “The slowdown in spending on key clean energy technologies also risks undermining the much-needed transition to more resilient and sustainable energy systems.”

    At the start of 2020, the IEA said global energy investment was on pace for growth of around 2%, reflecting the largest annual rise in spending in six years.

    But, after the Covid-19 crisis brought large swathes of the world economy to a halt in a matter of months, the IEA said it now expects global investment to tumble by 20% compared to last year.

    To be sure, that’s a fall of nearly $400 billion year-on-year.

  • 07:46

    ECB president Lagarde: It is very likely that ECB 'mild' scenario is outdated

    • It is very hard to forecast how badly the economy has been affected

    • Economic contraction now seen somewhere between 'medium' and 'severe' scenario

    • ECB had to resort to exceptional measures to make sure there is plenty of liquidity

    • ECB primary objective is to ensure price stability

  • 07:40

    Brent price forecast revised up to $40/ barrel by end-2020 – Morgan Stanley

    FXStreet reports that in its latest client report, Morgan Stanley raised its year-end Brent oil-price forecast, in anticipation of faster rebalancing in the oil market.

    “We expect demand to rebound to about 97 million barrels per day (bpd) by Q4 as economies come out of lockdown - a significant improvement although still down about 4 million bpd year-on-year.”

    “Now that the rebalancing has been set in motion, we expect it to continue. Our base case forecasts call for a further tightening of the oil market over the next few quarters.” 

    “The recent rebalancing was mostly supply rather than demand-driven with the rise in crude prices compressing refining margins even further and inventories of oil products rising fast relative to crude oil stocks.”

  • 07:19

    USD: Why we stick with the USD through Q3 - TD

    eFXdata reports that TD Research maintains a structural bullish USD bias through Q3.

    "Our forecasts have called for a weaker USD into Q4, with EUR finally marking a break to the topside. That reflects the risks around the US elections, prospects that the world could start to see green shoots for global growth on the horizon, and the fact that the USD might begin to care about US-style MMT. Any progress on this broad European proposal would cement that view while the proposal does reduce the tail risks of an EZ breakup," TD notes. 

    "However, we don't think these themes will resonate with the market just yet, and we believe the USD makes another leg higher, especially against European currencies like EUR and GBP this quarter. The other wildcard rests on US/China trade relations, which seem to have gotten worse. While the tone will likely continue to get worse into the election, we don't expect them to scrap the trade deal or that the US imposes sanctions," TD adds.

  • 07:00

    Asian session review: the dollar rose against most major currencies

    TimeCountryEventPeriodPrevious valueForecastActual
    01:30AustraliaConstruction Work DoneQuarter I-0.3%-1.5%-1.0%
    05:45FranceConsumer confidence May959293


    The US dollar rose against the euro, pound, and Australian dollar and was little changed against the Japanese yen. The Chinese yuan is getting cheaper due to the further deterioration of relations between the US and China. Washington may take further measures against China over Hong Kong by the end of this week, US President Donald Trump has said.

    "Something you will hear before the end of this week, I think it will be powerful," he said, responding to a journalist's question about possible sanctions against China. However, he did not specify that it is about sanctions.

    Last week, the Chinese authorities announced their intention to pass a bill creating a law enforcement mechanism to ensure national security in Hong Kong.

    Premier Li Keqiang confirmed that Beijing intends to create "stable legal systems and enforcement mechanisms to protect national security in Hong Kong."

    The yuan was also pressured by reports that the US is considering imposing sanctions on Chinese officials.

    The ICE Dollar index, which shows the value of the us dollar against six major world currencies, rose by 0.30% compared to the previous trading day.

  • 06:45

    German employment outlook improves slightly - Ifo

    Reuters reports that German companies expect their total number of employees will continue to shrink, though the outlook for hiring has improved slightly in May after collapsing the previous month as a result of the coronavirus crisis, according to an Ifo institute survey.

    The institute's employment barometer rose slightly to 88.3 points, up from 86.3 in April, helped by improving sentiment in the services and trade sectors. The manufacturing sector continued to report shrinking employment numbers.

    Bright spots were in the fields of business and tax consultancy and auditing, where companies were seeking to hire new staff, as well as food and bicycle retail.

  • 06:30

    NZD/USD: Further gains lie ahead if 0.6230 is cleared – UOB

    FXStreet reports that a break above 0.6230 in NZD/USD should open the door to further upside, in opinion of FX Strategists at UOB Group.

    24-hour view: “We highlighted yesterday the ‘uptick in momentum could lead to NZD moving towards 0.6135’. The subsequent strong surge in NZD that sent it to a high of 0.6228 came as a surprise. The rapid rally is appears to be severely over-extended and further sustained NZD strength is unlikely for today. NZD is more likely to consolidate its gains and trade sideways at these higher levels. Expected range for today, 0.6155/0.6225.”

    Next 1-3 weeks: “While we have expected a stronger NZD since early last week, we were of the view that ‘the solid resistance at 0.6175 may be tough to break’. However, NZD blast past 0.6175 yesterday (26 May) with nary a glance and rocketed to a high of 0.6228. At this stage, there is no sign of a top but 0.6230 is another solid resistance and NZD has to move clearly above this level before further sustained advance can be expected (next resistance is at 0.6300). The odds for such a move appear to be slightly better than even as long as NZD continues to hold above the ‘strong support’ (level had moved higher to 0.6110 from 0.6035).”

  • 06:15

    French economy could contract 20% in second quarter - INSEE

    Reuters reports that French gross domestic product could fall by as much as 20% in the second quarter from the previous three months as the economy emerges from a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the INSEE official statistics agency estimated on Wednesday.

    That would mark a sharp deterioration in France's recession after the euro zone's second-biggest economy contracted 5.8% in the first quarter.

    INSEE said the economy could contract 8% for the whole of 2020 in the unlikely scenario that activity returned to pre-crisis levels by July.

    INSEE estimated that France's economic activity was running at 21% below normal levels after the lockdown in place from mid-March was lifted on May 11. Activity was down 33% in early May.

  • 06:01

    China's industrial profits drop at slower pace in April

    RTTNews reports that China's industrial profits declined at a much slower pace in April suggesting that the economic activity gradually started to recover following the coronavirus pandemic, data from the National Bureau of Statistics revealed Wednesday.

    Industrial profits dropped 4.3 percent on a yearly basis, following a sharp 34.9 percent decrease in March.

    During January to April period, industrial profits decreased 27.4 percent from the same period last year compared to 36.7 percent fall in the first three months of 2020.

    Profits of state-owned enterprises plunged 46 percent and that of private companies fell 17.2 percent during January to April.

    Data showed that automobiles, electrical machinery and electronics reported a notable recovery in April.

    Production and sales increased in April, NBS official Zhu Hong said. The significant improvement in April profits was also partly due to the substantial increase in investment returns and the low base during the same period.

  • 05:59

    Coronavirus: More states reopen bars, CA says hair salons and barbershops can reopen in most counties

    • CNBC reports that U.S. coronavirus deaths are approaching 100,000, more than double that of any other country, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Across the country, more states reopened bars and lifted retail restrictions as California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that hair salons and barber shops could reopen in most counties under new guidelines.

    • Merck, meanwhile, has entered the vaccine race, announcing Tuesday it has teamed up with research nonprofit IAVI to develop a potential candidate. 


    • Global cases: More than 5.58 million

    • Global deaths: At least 350,423

  • 05:49

    Options levels on wednesday, May 27, 2020

    EUR/USD

    Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)

    $1.1048 (1791)

    $1.1026 (1228)

    $1.1006 (778)

    Price at time of writing this review: $1.0957

    Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

    $1.0922 (794)

    $1.0885 (1424)

    $1.0842 (2307)


    Comments:

    - Overall open interest on the CALL options and PUT options with the expiration date June, 5 is 93008 contracts (according to data from May, 26) with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,0700 (5288);


    GBP/USD

    Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)

    $1.2514 (1451)

    $1.2439 (1214)

    $1.2391 (598)

    Price at time of writing this review: $1.2316

    Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

    $1.2252 (1205)

    $1.2217 (1046)

    $1.2178 (1099)


    Comments:

    - Overall open interest on the CALL options with the expiration date June, 5 is 23807 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,3500 (3420);

    - Overall open interest on the PUT options with the expiration date June, 5 is 29652 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,3500 (3095);

    - The ratio of PUT/CALL was 1.25 versus 1.25 from the previous trading day according to data from May, 26

     

    * - The Chicago Mercantile Exchange bulletin (CME) is used for the calculation.

    ** - Open interest takes into account the total number of option contracts that are open at the moment.

  • 05:48

    France: Consumer confidence , May 93 (forecast 92)

  • 02:30

    Commodities. Daily history for Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Raw materials Closed Change, %
    Brent 36.24 0.95
    Silver 17.09 0.12
    Gold 1710.187 -1.03
    Palladium 1944.77 -2.07
  • 01:30

    Australia: Construction Work Done, Quarter I -1% (forecast -1.5%)

  • 00:30

    Stocks. Daily history for Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Index Change, points Closed Change, %
    NIKKEI 225 529.52 21271.17 2.55
    Hang Seng 432.42 23384.66 1.88
    KOSPI 35.18 2029.78 1.76
    ASX 200 164.4 5780 2.93
    FTSE 100 74.48 6067.76 1.24
    DAX 113.37 11504.65 1
    CAC 40 66.33 4606.24 1.46
    Dow Jones 529.95 24995.11 2.17
    S&P 500 36.32 2991.77 1.23
    NASDAQ Composite 15.63 9340.22 0.17
  • 00:30

    Schedule for today, Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Time Country Event Period Previous value Forecast
    01:30 Australia Construction Work Done Quarter I -3% -1.5%
    05:00 Japan Coincident Index March 95.5  
    06:45 France Consumer confidence May 95 92
    07:30 Eurozone ECB President Lagarde Speaks    
    08:00 Switzerland Credit Suisse ZEW Survey (Expectations) May 12.7  
    14:00 U.S. Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index May -53  
    16:30 U.S. FOMC Member James Bullard Speaks    
    18:00 U.S. Fed's Beige Book    
  • 00:15

    Currencies. Daily history for Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Pare Closed Change, %
    AUDUSD 0.66452 1.62
    EURJPY 118.008 0.58
    EURUSD 1.09746 0.76
    GBPJPY 132.595 1.05
    GBPUSD 1.23318 1.24
    NZDUSD 0.61939 1.58
    USDCAD 1.37854 -1.38
    USDCHF 0.96559 -0.54
    USDJPY 107.523 -0.18
27 May 2020
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